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Single White Female (1992)

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A woman advertising for a new roommate finds that something very strange is going on with the tenant who decides to move in.

Director:

Barbet Schroeder

Writers:

John Lutz (novel), Don Roos (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bridget Fonda ... Allison Jones
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Hedra Carlson
Steven Weber ... Sam Rawson
Peter Friedman ... Graham Knox
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Mitchell Myerson
Frances Bay ... Elderly Neighbor
Michele Farr Michele Farr ... Myerson's Assistant
Tara Karsian ... Mannish Applicant
Christiana D'Amore ... Exotic Applicant (as Christiana Capetillo)
Jessica Lundy ... Talkative Applicant
Renée Estevez ... Perfect Applicant (as Rene Estevez)
Tiffany Mataras ... Twin
Krystle Mataras Krystle Mataras ... Twin
Amelia Campbell ... Check Cashier
Kenneth Tobey ... Desk Clerk (as Ken Tobey)
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Storyline

When a 'Single White Female' places an ad in the press for a similar woman to rent a room (to replace the boyfriend she's just left), all the applicants seem weird. Then along comes a level headed woman who seems to be just right. The new lodger has a secret past which haunts her. Written by Rob Hartill

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Taglines:

Living with a roommate can be murder. See more »

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, and for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mujer soltera busca See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,212,401, 16 August 1992

Gross USA:

$47,922,919
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Company Credits

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The BDSM club exterior was from a former real Manhattan S&M club called the Vault (a.k.a. The Hellfire Club) in the meat packing district of Greenwich Village. The interior is a set, but the red signature V is on one of the walls. The entrance used, was from the gay club side called "The Manhole". See more »

Goofs

When Allie and Sam embrace in the apartment, after Heddy leaves, Sam can be heard telling Allie he loves her and wants another chance as they embrace-but his lips aren't moving. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sam Rawson: [Sam talks to Allie while laying in bed] So how many kids do we want?
Allison Jones: I don't know. What's the statistical norm?
Sam Rawson: Oh... You and your statistics. One point two.
Allison Jones: Hm... Okay, then I want two point two. And I want them to look like you.
Sam Rawson: Oh, those poor kids.
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Connections

Referenced in Sister, Sister: Single White Teenager (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

SADENESS PART I
Written by Michael Cretu (as Curly M.C.), Frank Peterson (as F. Gregorian) & David Fairstein
Performed by Enigma
Courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd. and Charisma Records Inc.
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Close. Real Close.
23 December 2007 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Formulaic, formulaic… yeah it's routine Hollywood psycho-thriller territory, but too visually well made by director Barbet Schroeder and comfortably performed in the shape of Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh to not get something out of it. The story (adapted off John Lutz's novel "SWF Seeks Same") plays its cards quite early, and goes about the subject in a too convenient manner to make it entirely effective. Quite a slow build-up and many sub-plots stem off the central plot, as we watch Leigh's character's twitchy transformation suddenly grow and form the basis of the early groundwork that would eventually unsettle Fonda's fragile character. A resourceful Schroeder sure does a brilliant job with many artistic flourishes, and inspired gimmick set-pieces where you just can't help but admire Luciano Tovoli's lyrically smooth cinematography. However trying to register the suspense, became hard due to leading us down the same old path of cheap clichéd jolts and shinny techniques. Although the potent climax goes over-board, it's particularly heart-pounding and downright exciting. There's nothing overtly tame about it, with its seamless nudity and tantalizing sex, and a wicked death here and there. But it's all tastefully done. Howard Shore's sumptuously airy musical score feeds off the well used location and compact sets (especially that of the stark Victorian apartment building) that are very ideal to the film's progression. In the two leads, a gorgeous Fonda is terrific and Leigh's needly attachable turn is one of confidence. The chemistry works, and when it comes to it they sure do look like each other. Talk about eerie. There's also solid support by Steven Weber, Peter Friedman and Stephen Tobolowsky.


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